Hu Jintao's book club
This little news item is very interesting. I find the rest of this review to be rather disappointing though. Asia Times Online:
Therefore, it is not accidental that when the general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, Hu Jintao, visited the US, he gave the book to President George W Bush, as a hint on how the United States should deal with its numerous geopolitical challenges. Yet one could doubt that Sun Tzu's advice would be of use to a US administration, regardless of who sits in the White House.
The message of the book is clear: war is won not through strength but through skillful manipulation - a victory of the writing brush and brains over sword and strength. This vision of war is related to another major point of the book, or at least can be interpreted in this way: war is not just the function of the military but is the exercise of the entire societal body. And it is here that the US military behemoth fails: America's socio-economic fabric as a whole is not designed to win the current wars, regardless of what seems to be enormous and constantly increasing investments in the country's military machine.